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Re: “Because of these jerks, booze is banned on Folly Beach

I was recently at Folly Beach for the first time. I am a 35 year old mother of three and accountant. I have never been in any sort of trouble in my life. I follow the rules (when I am aware) and beyond. I always push the shopping cart back into the store, pick up clothes that other shoppers drop off hangers, pick up others trash that I see on the beach, etc. During a recent visit to Charleston, I decided to explore one of the nearby beaches. I was sitting in my chair with a can of beer and reading a book (right next to the life guard station - mind you). I had a total of 3 beers in my cooler for the entire day. That isn't saying that I would have drank all of them. I am only saying that I clearly was not on a mission to be a rowdy drunk. I noticed many people with cups, but I also looked around and saw people with bottles and cans. I brought cans because I would never want to risk glass breakage on the beach. I also keep my can "hidden" while not drinking from it, as I recognize there are families on the beach and I personally do not feel that alcohol should be "advertised" in front of kids. Yet, I received a very sizable fine for this unknowing violation. I was told by the officer that had my alcohol been in a cup, it would have been fine. As soon as the officer stopped by my chair, another beach goer ran over and gave me a cup. However, my ignorance to this ridiculous rule and the cup that was given to me had no effect on the outcome. I am glad to hear that they are banning it, because I watched a large amount of idiots wandering the beach that day with their cups full of booze. They were acting obnoxious and swearing very loudly. They were left alone by authorities because they were using plastic cups. I was reading a book, minding my own business, and now I have to appear for a court date. I am unclear as to why the old rule that alcohol is only permitted in plastic cups existed. I understand that glass is a danger, but I saw more plastic cups left behind as litter than I have ever seen of cans, etc. (this includes Jersey Shore). So I could only conclude the rule simply existed to make money. Prior to the officer writing my fine amount on the ticket, she asked me where I worked and what my occupation is??? Could that be to know how much to gouge me? I think so. I am a very kind person. I have never littered, never vandalized, never behaved in an ill manner in public ------ I also spend a large amount of money in shops, restaurants, etc. during regular weekend trips. I will not be returning to Folly Beach. Not because I received a fine, but because it was the most twisted, backwoods, manipulative rule I have ever heard of. Open container means alcohol in any receptacle. How can they in good conscience fine someone like myself and allow the ridiculousness that I witnessed around me to continue, simply because they were using a plastic cup?

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Posted by jsdbsn on July 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM
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